World Athletics-World Federation of Sporting Goods Industry strengthen ties
The agreement seeks to consolidate existing work streams involving athletic shoe regulation.
The MOU also sets out areas for future cooperation such as getting more children active and into athletics, enhancing the presentation and the sustainable development of the sport for the benefit of the sport, the athletes, and the industry.
“We have a very productive relationship with the WFSGI, which is important as we set the future course for the sport, particularly when it comes to key areas of technical equipment, shoes and clothing. The sporting goods industry is a key commercial stakeholder in our sport and the better our cooperation is, the stronger our sport will be. This MOU marks a significant milestone in this collaboration and represents our commitment to continue building our relationship in the coming years,” said Jon Ridgeon, World Athletics chief executive officer.
Over the past three years, World Athletics and the WFSGI, both governing bodies recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), have intensified their collaboration, which resulted in the signing of the first MOU in Monaco.
The signing ceremony took place in conjunction with a two-day high level meeting between World Athletics, WFSGI and 13 WFSGI members involved in athletics and who comprise the WFSGI Athletics Committee. The meeting participants explored topics including athletic shoes, bibs, kids athletics, the promotion of events and the development of the sport overall.
The WFSGI Athletics Committee represents the sporting goods industry in collaboration with World Athletics.
Source: World Athletics